Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 25, 2010

10 cool tools in Windows 7 – The changes to the Windows 7 interface have gotten a lot of play, but some of the new built-in tools are just as compelling. Deb Shinder runs through some of the most impressive enhancements, from the ISO burner to the Biometric Framework to PowerShell v2.

Why Can’t Johnny Have Privacy? – One of the more trite and oft-repeated maxims in the software industry goes something like this: We’re not focusing on security because our customers aren’t asking for it. They want features and functionality. When they ask for security, then we’ll worry about it. Not only is this philosophy doomed to failure, it’s now being repeated in the realm of privacy, with potentially disastrous effects.

10 tweaks to make Windows 7 even better – As good as Windows 7 is, it’s not perfect out of the box. Here are a few tweaks and tricks you can use to make this excellent OS even better.

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A Closer Look at the Eleonore Exploit Kit – Today’s attackers care less about the browser you use and more about whether your third-party browser add-ons and plugins are out-of-date and exploitable.

10 things you can do to increase performance in Vista – Windows Vista has some great new security and functionality features, as well as cool eye candy, such as Aero transparency, Flip 3D, and other graphical tricks. But all this comes with overhead that may lead to a performance hit on anything less than a top-of-the-line supercomputer. If you find Vista’s performance lagging, the good news is that you can make it run faster. Here are some of the steps you can take.

Office 2010: Not Your Only Choice – When it’s time to choose a productivity suite, your first choice might be Microsoft Office, and with good reason; the latest version, Office 2010, is very, very good. Even so, there are other options. Some of far cheaper, others are easier to use and a few offer unusual features you can’t find anywhere else. This roundup takes a look at all of them.

Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4 – The folks at Eset have generously donated ten licenses for NOD32 Antivirus 4 to me, to award to my readers. So I am going to do a random drawing contest from folks who “enter”. The contest will end midnight Thursday, May 27, and the winners announced Friday.

Microsoft Battles Alureon Rootkit – For the second month in a row, Microsoft has tried to eradicate a mutating rootkit that has blocked some Windows users from installing security updates.

Facebook ‘Missed the Mark,’ Will Change Privacy Settings – Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said that the site’s recent privacy enhancements “missed the mark,” and confirmed that the social networking site will introduce simplified settings in the weeks to come.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Say What? The Week’s Top IT Quotes – The technology world’s quotable quips and comments from around the Web.

Grow Your Own Bricks From Bacteria, Sand & Urine: The Better Brick 2010 Next Generation Winner – This year’s winner – a bioengineered brick, conceived by a young American architect – may be modest in physical scale, but it has the potential for global impact. (submitted by Dar)

Judge Orders Takedown of Rogue ISP – Federal judge seals the fate of 3FN, a corrupt Internet service provider under assault from the Federal Trade Commission for an alarming array of online criminal activity.

When Google is good ask why – When Google is good, when it’s very, very good as it was this week, it pays for us to ask why.

Today’s Quote:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

–    Plato

Today’s Free Downloads:

App launcher – Forget desktop icons. This open-source freebie has you opening programs and Web sites with a few keystrokes.

Adblock for Chrome – Oh, sweet, sweet Adblock. We loved you in Firefox, and Adblock for Chrome is just as wonderful. Who knew that one little browser add-on could make surfing the Internet so much more enjoyable?

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 25, 2010

  1. Thanks for the 10 Cool Tools in Win 7 article.

    The Problem Step Recorder isn’t something we’d known about, so we’re going to start using it to log bugs in Mantis. It’s really cool being able to repro the steps and upload the recording rather than trying to explain them.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Writerdood,

      Glad you found it useful.

      BTW, I am a long term subscriber to your site, and here’s why – you are the best damn story teller on the Internet.

      Every time I read one of your articles, I get hit by just a little twinge of envy – well, maybe a BIG twinge. You are a terrific writer, and I would give anything to have your writing skills. Well, maybe I wouldn’t sell my soul to the Devil, but….

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